Photo by Lynn Donovan.

We are planning for an in-person North Carolina Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro this September 10-12, 2021. There are still many details to firm up as we plan an event that will comply with local and state ordinances, and as we prioritize safeguards to protect our staff, artists, and audiences. We plan to remain nimble and will adapt as the ongoing public health crisis unfolds. We hope to share updates with the community later this spring. In the meantime, be sure to sign up for FolkFest News to receive updates and announcements.

The North Carolina Folk Festival

A National Festival with Local Flavor

The North Carolina Folk Festival takes place each September and features more than 300 artists on multiple stages with continuous performances.


The Festival attracts huge crowds of people to downtown Greensboro for a three-day celebration of cultural heritage through music, dance, handmade crafts, food, and family fun! As one of the fastest growing FREE festivals in the Southeast, the North Carolina Folk Festival features an exciting new lineup of global artists, American roots performers, and North Carolina flavors every year!

The 2021 North Carolina Folk Festival